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Stand out from the rest with the new standards RYS 250 PLUS!

In January 2017, Yoga Alliance International was the FIRST of the Alliance organisations to review and update its old standards system in response to the proliferation of low quality yoga teacher training and inadequately trained yoga teachers.

Following the review, a set of new standards called RYS 250 PLUS Level 1 Advanced and associated RYT 250 PLUS credential, were added to the current standards system providing yoga schools with the opportunity to develop a minimum of 250 or PLUS hours comprehensive teacher training.

The objective of the new standards is to elevate the status of yoga professionals in order to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment. When studios have to choose between hiring someone with the minimum amount of training i.e.: 200 hour and someone with more hours, the 250 PLUS-hour designation carries some weight.

The standards underlying the foundational RYS 200 Yoga Alliance’s most widely-held school credential which have been significantly enhanced, will remain available. However, we encourage every provider to offer additional hours as desired or needed to contribute to the professionalisation of teaching and raise the status of the profession.

Emergency COVID-19 Accreditation Teacher Training Online

As yoga schools, businesses, and classrooms re-open around the world, after careful consideration and the ongoing and continued nature of the coronavirus pandemic, and all its fast-moving effects on the global economy, in May 2020 the Yoga Alliance International’s board of directors, made the decision to implement the accreditation of online training courses as a permanent format.We have received considerable community feedback about this unusual action. This includes responses in favour of and in gratitude for reacting flexibly considering unprecedented challenges.

Click one of the Registry Marks below to learn more

Yoga Alliance® 150 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance® 200 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance® 250 Plus hour Registered Yoga SchoolYin Yoga Teacher Training RYS-250 LVL 1Yoga Alliance® 300 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance® 500 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance®  Diploma 1500 hour Registered Yoga School

CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School). Can be applied for by Members of the Association 

Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Accredited School

RYS Specialty Designations

Yoga Alliance® Children's Yoga Yoga Alliance Australia Prenatal Yoga Yoga Alliance® RYS YIN 50oga Alliance® RYS YIN 100

Online YTTC

Yoga Alliance®Online RYS 150 hourYoga Alliance® Online RYS 200 hour Yoga Alliance® Online RYS 250 PLUS hour Yoga Alliance®  Online RYS 350 hour Yoga Alliance®  Online RYS 500 hour

Yoga Alliance® Online CEAS Yoga Alliance®  YIN 50 Yoga Alliance®  YIN 100 Yoga Alliance® Online RPYS Yoga Alliance® Online RCYS

Example Curriculum Model and 5 Educational Categories to be included in a TT. All training courses must be led by a ERYT member of the association

Techniques and Teaching Practice: Principles of alignment, the main families of asanas - standing positions, backward bending, forward bending, twisting inverted positions, engagement positions of the core, static and dynamic asanas, preparatory asanas, variations, changes, practical adjustments. In detail how to teach each of the positions included in the training course. Develop the ability to conduct yoga classes with confidence. Lesson planning and sequencing. Assisting, manual and verbal adjustments, observation. Demonstration and cuing. How to show the positions of yoga more effectively, with clear and understandable guidance, the quality of the voice, including the active language vs. the passive, tone and audibility. Pranayama and Meditation techniques. Sanskrit nomenclature of asanas. Safety Risk Assessment, evaluate the potential risks that may arise during the practice and teaching of asanas.

Teaching Methodology: The teaching method is focused on direct practice in order to make the student able to build effective, professional classes aimed at the safety of practitioners in perfect autonomy. Class Sequencing

Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics: Functional, biomechanical and kinetic anatomy of applied movement to observe students in practice, and guide them in a meaningful, safe and effective way. Knowledge of basic human skeletal structure such as different  types of bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues and how they function optimally in postural practices; basics of human movement to understand transitions in and out of asanas.

Practical Teaching TT Students: Participants MUST be encouraged to practice Teaching. Teaching must be dedicated to the practice of teaching yoga classes, consolidating their knowledge and teaching practice to facilitate the practical learning of the lessons.

Code of Ethics for Yoga Teachers: The code of ethics identifies the ethical and behavioural principles, in affirmation and negation, which inspire and delimit the profession of the yoga teacher. The Code of Ethics is a declaration that provides clarity and guidance on ethical behaviour and on how the entities adhering to the Code must behave at all times.

Accepted Online Components

A minimum online training is acceptable for some subjects, but not all. Content considered not conducive to online learning includes practicing asana, adjustment, assisting. The online hours allowed are listed in each single standard page.

Sanskrit (Asana Nomenclature)



Theory Test

Yoga Text Books

Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics (20 hours can be online)

Note: All RYSs are required to deliver continuing education to ensure that all Yoga Alliance’s RYSs provide high quality continuing education programs for yoga teachers and countless category of professionals within the holistic and wellbeing industry.

Within all Training Courses the criteria below listed must be met:

90% of the teacher training total hours must be contact hours. For example, for a 250 hour course minimum 225 contact hours or, for 200 hours course minimum 180 hours.

Teacher Training must be taught by a Yoga Alliance International’s member ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). *Members of other organisations can convert registration to us.

The Lead Trainer (ERYT) must be teaching a minimum of 80% of the course contact hours.

The correct YAA logo must be on the home page and training page of the website.

Schools must have their syllabus clearly on their website.

All accepted students must have at least one year of documented yoga practice.

5% of the training course, must be allocated to teaching.*Participants must be encouraged to practice teaching.

As of March 2020, to safeguard the integrity of yoga training programs, the Yoga Alliance International’s board of directors has made mandatory for ALL RYS applicant to register ALL additional teaching faculty with the Association. *Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the accreditation to be denied.

There are three category of professionals that can teach at your school. They need to meet the following qualifications and experience criteria:

  • Consultants (i.e: Physiotherapists, Psychologists, MDs, Historians or similar recognised professionals) must have a relevant degree, or certification in the subject they will teach. *Evidence required. *This category of professionals are not required to become members of the association.

  • RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) member or non-member of Yoga Alliance International must have a minimum RYT 500/500 PLUS/1500 qualification and 3 years’ experience in the subject they will teach.*Evidence Required.*This category of professionals are required to register with the association. Members of other organisations can convert registration to us (we do not accept transfers).

  • Non Yoga Person must have a high level of knowledge, skill or a degree and diploma in a specific field of expertise they will teach. This category must apply for the Expert Teacher a new designation available to every yoga or non-yoga person with no RYT qualification.

To register as a RYS (Registered Yoga School) all new schools must submit their syllabus with their application. The YTT syllabus must meet or exceeds the Yoga Alliance’s Standards

The Lead Trainer must be an ERTY (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) member of the association. *Members of other organisations can convert registration to us prior to lodging the application.

*Membership includes CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) RCYS/RPYS/ RYS YIN 50/100 hours to enable RYSs to deliver high standards CE programs recognised worldwide.

On the School letterhead (word document) the applicant must supply the information below (mandatory):

  1. Title program/s and RYS designation/s applied for.

  2. Style of yoga taught.

  3. YTT format (Intensive, long term, short term).

  4. Course’s entry prerequisites (Yoga Alliance International requires minimum one year yoga practice).

  5. A 2000 words maximum synopsis (concise description of the syllabus) for each single training program applied for specifying the topics covered. For further details please consult the Standards Guidelines

  6. The synopsis must contain the breakdown of the teacher training’s content into topics with titles and descriptions which state what will be covered in the training.

  7. Program/s Format and duration (intensive-long/short term-weekend training).

  8. Program Objectives (what skills trainees will learn).

  9. Training course assessment method and tools (how students’ knowledge and skills are assessed at the end of the YTT.).

  10. Teacher Training Assessor/s.

  11. Breakdown of the hours (contact/non-contact/online) allocated to each Yoga Alliance’s educational category.

  12. Lead Trainer details, ERYT designation and Yoga Alliance-International’s Registry ID:

  13. Other Faculty/Consultants/Specialists Qualifications.

  14. Ratio between end of course practicum exams and theory.

  15. Sample certificate of course completion (the certificate students receive at the end of the course).

  16. Race Equal Opportunity Statement.

  17. Code of Practice Statement.

  18. Code of Ethics Statement.

  19. Grievance Policy and Procedure.

  20. Brief description continuing education program (s) offered.

  21. RYS’s Owners Statement or the application will be declined.

Continuing Education Trainings Requirements

  1. All RYSs are required to deliver continuing education to ensure that all Yoga Alliance’s RYSs provide high quality continuing education programs.

  2. Provide a brief content description (200 words) for each single CE training program including title, contact and non-contact hours.

 *ALL specialty training courses (RPYT/RCYT/YIN) MUST be led by qualified teachers in the specialty they will teach.

Apply: Online Application

RYS (ALL Designations) - $ 800

  • Valid four (4) years. Important Note Emergency COVID-19: Four (4) years membership offer (instead of 3 years pre-COVID-19) is available only until August 31st 2020

  • No Annual Renewal

  • Single or Multiple Designations

  • Upgrades within RYS Designations included

  • A Yoga School that offer 200 hour or higher Yoga Training that meet the YA’s Standards.

  • Membership includes CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) RCYS/RPYS/ RYS YIN 50/100 hours to enable RYSs to deliver high standards CE programs recognised worldwide

  • If applied for single designation, can add designations anytime during the three years registration period free of charge


Any person (yoga or non-yoga teacher) doing the CEAS courses can join our online Registry as an “Associate Yoga Student” depending on professional background

Requirements: RYS

Apply: Online Application

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